This Summer the Roundhouse champions the work of Black and Brown artists. Barber Shop Chronicles comes to the venue’s iconic main space, along with the return of the fierce femmes of Hive City Legacy. Plus, a series of theatre, photography, film and spoken word that platforms a diverse range of voices exploring race, gender, identity and the importance and politics of Black hair culture. Not to mention a pop-up barber shop.
HIVE CITY LEGACY
Mon 15 – Tue 30 Jul
Return of acclaimed co-production from Roundhouse and creators of Hot Brown Honey featuring a cast of Femmes of Colour.
Through intersecting tales, this unapologetic satire brings together redefined narratives and social activism to confront Femme experiences across identity, mental health and representation.
Tickets from £12.50
BALD BLACK GIRL(S)
Mon 15 Jul – Sat 25 Aug
Free exhibition of photography and poetry by Roundhouse Resident Artist Ruth Sutoyé exploring the experiences of bald Black women including their relationships with barber shops. (main featured image)
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES
Thu 18 Jul – 24 Aug
Inua Ellams’ acclaimed play comes to the Roundhouse. Newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling. Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play that leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a single day.
Tickets from £15
Thu, Fri, Sat weekly from Thu 18 Jul – Sat 24 Aug
Mark (SliderCuts) Maciver is a barber and brand with a significant following and clients including: Stormzy, Anthony Joshua, Lebron James and Reggie Yates. Mark will curate a pop-up barber shop in the Roundhouse’s Bar & Cafe Thursday – Saturday throughout the run welcoming local Camden barbers.
Sat 27 Jul – Fri 9 Aug
Free installation by multi-disciplinary artist Selina Thompson which asks and invites audiences to answer questions about race
GLOBAL BLACK VOICESS Sat 10 Aug
Following previous events at Arcola and RichMix focused on female, queer and Arab writers the Global Voices project comes to Roundhouse to present their first Global Black Voices. Showcasing excerpts of plays by black writers from around the globe never before staged in the UK. The event will be curated by Bridget Minamore.
Sun 4 Aug
Ruth Sutoyé and special guests present a night of storytelling through poetry, music, dance and visual art responding to the themes from Ruth’s Bald Black Girl(s) project (see above).
INUA ELLAMS’ R.A.P. PARTY
Sun 11 Aug
Inua’s well-established night which commissions and platforms some of the most exciting spoken word artists to respond to Hip Hop tracks/albums with a soundtrack provided by resident DJ Sid Mercutio .The R.A.P. Party has previously been hosted at Southbank Centre, The British Library, Shoreditch House and internationally in Nigeria, Ireland and Brazil.
ROOTS FOR A CROWN: Screening and Q&A
Tue 20 Aug
Julian Knox is a poet, filmmaker and visual artist whose profile is on the rise thanks to recent commissions from Southbank Centre, The House of St Barnabas and Soho Radio. Julian will present his new film Roots for a Crown exploring identities and experiences of men with dreads in London.
AFRO-CITY FESTIVAL FOR 18-25 YEAR-OLDS
Friday 26 – Saturday 27 July
A two-day festival celebrating Blackness and queerness curated by Tobi Kyeremateng.
Sunday 21 July
Heaux Noire is a platform for Black and Brown womxn to share their stories through poetry and music. It is a night created to inspire, support and uplift the voices of Black and Brown womxn. With a line up of artists including Shadé Joseph, Sanah Ahsan and more.
About the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse is a hub of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow creatively as individuals. The Roundhouse believes in the power of creativity to change lives. By giving young people the chance to engage with the arts through music, media and performance projects, the Roundhouse inspires them to reach further, dream bigger, and achieve more.
Each year, the Roundhouse gives thousands of 11–25-year-olds the chance to develop their skills and confidence through creativity – in music, media or the performing arts, helping them to find new perspectives, and new directions.
For more info: Roundhouse.org.uk